Events under 'Sunday Services'
Saturday, January 20, 2018

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Becoming Beacons

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

This weekend, as we bid farewell to 2017 and usher in 2018, we will gather as a congregation for our annual Fire Communion service on Sunday morning. Like the literally two-faced Roman god Janus (for which January is named), we will look back to the past and ahead to the future.

In preparation for the central ritual of Fire Communion, you are encouraged to consider what you wish to relinquish to the year that is now coming to a close. Are there regrets or persistent roadblocks you want to leave behind? Is there a particular hurt or mistake you need to not carry into a new year? These are the things we will be invited to bring to mind and then commit to paper, before igniting those slips of paper with their burdensome words in the light of our chalice.

This ritual doesn’t, of course, automatically erase whatever it is we struggle with, but naming these things can ease our transition to a different way of living, as we—with intention—set our hearts and minds towards the promise of the dawning year.

Also, at 7pm on Sunday, our Peace & Quiet service will provide a simple, contemplative candlelit opportunity to mark the transition to 2018.

With all best wishes for the year ahead!

In faith and love,
Shawn

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Sunday, December 31, 2017 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Peace & Quiet

Come join us in Sunderland Hall as Lynn Harrison leads the last Peace & Quiet service of the year — a perfect and thoughtful way to welcome the new year.

The chalice will be lit, ambient music will be played, opening words will be offered, and there will be a lengthy and deep shared silence during which you may simply be. The service will end after almost an hour with closing words and the extinguishing of the chalice.

Sunday, December 31, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Lives Lived

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

The Greek and Latin roots of the word “eulogy” speak to the high praise given to one who has died. On Sunday, Rev. Lynn Harrison and I will offer a series of eulogies, giving our high praise to a number of people—the famous and the not-so-famous—who died in 2017. We will offer tributes to lives lived that made an enduring impact in our world, from Mary Tyler Moore to Richard Wagamese to Stuart McLean. Our resident musicians and guest musician Don Campbell will provide music by Gord Downie, Al Jarreau, Chris Cornell, and Tom Petty. While it may seem strange to attend a service packed with eulogies, our hope is that it will be a life-affirming experience for us all as we lift up compelling and complicated examples of lives lived well.

See you on Sunday! Stay warm!

In faith and love,
Shawn

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Sunday, January 07, 2018 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Peace and Quiet

The chalice will be lit, ambient music will be played, opening words will be offered, and there will be a lengthy and deep shared silence during which you may simply be. The service will end after almost an hour with closing words and the extinguishing of the chalice.

Sunday, January 07, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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New Horizons for Newcomers

Sermon by Rev. Lori Kyle.

On Sunday, January 14th, we're delighted to welcome Rev. Lori Kyle to the pulpit at First Unitarian once again.

A long-time member of the Toronto First community, Lori began her life in ministry at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Durham, but soon discovered a calling toward community ministry. Recognizing the need for employment opportunities for new Canadians, she created New Horizons Painting--an innovative new expression of Unitarian Universalist ministry. Last year, the Canadian Unitarian Council wrote this profile of Rev. Lori and New Horizons.

As the New Year begins, we're reflecting as a congregation on the January theme of "Prophecy"--so it's a wonderful time to welcome new prophetic voices and visions of inclusion. Also on Sunday, we'll hear more inspiring music from our choir and resident musicians, including Ysaye Barnwell's beautiful "Will You Harbour Me". Hope you can join us!

Blessings,
Rev. Lynn

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Sunday, January 14, 2018 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Peace and Quiet

The chalice will be lit, ambient music will be played, opening words will be offered, and there will be a lengthy and deep shared silence during which you may simply be. The service will end after almost an hour with closing words and the extinguishing of the chalice.

Sunday, January 14, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Making a Prophet

Sermon by Rev. Lynn Harrison.

January is the month of prophecy at First Unitarian. It's not a time when we attempt to see the future, but when we reflect on our ability to respond to our times with the prophetic witness that calls for social justice.

What does it mean to be a “prophet” in these days and times? How do we affirm and encourage our prophetic callings…especially when they disrupt the current order? Where does a prophetic call come from and where might it lead?

On Sunday, you’re invited to reflect on what prophecy might mean to you…in the light of Unitarian Universalist theology, the history of some of our wisdom sources, and direct first-hand experience. I’m also excited to bring an original song to you once again...and to delight in the beautiful singing of our choir and resident musicians.

See you on Sunday!

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Sunday, January 21, 2018 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Peace and Quiet

The chalice will be lit, ambient music will be played, opening words will be offered, and there will be a lengthy and deep shared silence during which you may simply be. The service will end after almost an hour with closing words and the extinguishing of the chalice.

Sunday, January 21, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Burden of Religious Freedom

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

Sunday, January 28, 2018 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Peace and Quiet

The chalice will be lit, ambient music will be played, opening words will be offered, and there will be a lengthy and deep shared silence during which you may simply be. The service will end after almost an hour with closing words and the extinguishing of the chalice.

Sunday, January 28, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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